October 21, 2010

On Infuriating Astrological Timings

Wow, what a title; some background, perhaps.

On Monday morning I'll be making a call, half asking for payment on a past promise, and half asking for a favor. A good outcome will permanently solidify my career path and relieve months of anxiety on my part. A bad outcome leave a huge amount of uncertainty and hard work over the next 4 to 9 months, without the certainty of a silver lining. Magic is in order, naturally. To the charts!

Lets see, Levanah (the Moon) will be peaking it's fullness (an excellent time for bringing things to completion) on this Friday night, the day of Nogah (Venus, ruling over the magic of Favors). But furthermore, it's coming into exact fullness within minutes of the exact center of the planetary hour of Nogah, giving me an absolutely wonderful half-hour window in which to preform a ritual to garner the favors of the person of power that I'll be calling.

Great! Lets go prep the ritual gear. Except wait, what's that you say? Levanah's void-of-course runs right over the entirety of my "perfect window"? Everything I start during that period will fail spectacularly? Great. *Hastily stuffs the gear away* And Levanah's next Void may or may not run right over the time I'd scheduled for this call? *Sigh* Perhaps I should push it to around 2 p.m. on Monday, just in case. I can still appear professional without ringing someone at 10 in the morning, right? (The person I'm calling is not expecting the call, so I have a bit of leeway here).

But wait! There's always more. I'd forgotten that Nogah went retrograde on the 8th of this month. Sonofabitch. Is this such a bad thing? I'm not astrologically savvy enough to tell. It seems to be stirring up trouble in Akrab (Scorpio), causing fits of vindictive jealousy, but also a sense of intense loyalty. Since my original plan was to clearly but subtly show my loyalty to the organization in question in hopes of inspiring the same from them, and since the person I'm calling has no real reason to feel jealousy towards me, perhaps this is actually a good time to be making this particular call. But when to do the magic?

I do work late on Saturday (Shabbathai's day), but with the aid of a few beverages of choice and some patience, I do have a good Void-free shot at each planet's hour (two shots for most) in which to do some bindings. Perhaps as follows:

  • A binding of the career path that this institution can offer me to myself during the hour of Shabbathai (Saturn); perhaps also some reversal magic for the bad luck that got me into this situation to begin with.
  • A binding of the two main individuals of power involved (one of whom is the one I'll be calling) to show mercy unto me during the hour of Tzedek (Jupiter).
  • A binding of these same individuals' senses of enthusiasm and protection to the proposition I'll be making during the hour of Madim (Mars).
  • A binding to make my success and happiness a matter of pride to them during the hour of Shemesh (the Sun).
  • A binding for the fulfillment of the individual promises made to me by these two individuals made some months back during the hour of Nogah (Venus); perhaps also a binding of their emotions to make them emotionally sympathetic to my situation.
  • A binding upon their intellect, so that fulfilling their promises seems the only logical choice, during the hour of Kokab (Mercury).
  • And last but certainly not least, a binding upon them to enact the changes in situation that must be made during the hour of Levanah (the Moon).
Depending on how late I'm up doing this, I might collapse into a chair in the back yard to watch the sun rise and start my Sunday off right with a round of invocations and meditations. Or maybe just the collapsing bit.

If I weren't in a financially tough situation at the moment, I'd pay for some good Electionary Astrology in a heartbeat, to see when the best time to make this call would be. But as it is, given the short time span, slinging bindings left and right and trying my hardest not to swim upstream will have to do.

On a side note, I'm debating waiting to publish this article until after I make the call mentioned above, what with silence being so important to some people's magic. But fuck it, I've spent the past few hours being careful, and this way I can get a good slap on the head if someone notices a mistake in my stargazing (or rather, webpage-about-stargazing-gazing).


  1. lol, quite a conundrum.

    i'm trying to get some kind of working w/ OCH myself but i can't seem to get the timing right, trying to do it with some finesse instead of powering through.

  2. @Mr Black: If you have a spare $40 to throw around, the Planetary Magic Program will most likely serve you for years to come. It'll save you from spending $300+ (or the equivalent of your own man-hours) on something only professionals need, like Solar Fire or similar.

  3. You are really overreacting to astrology.

    In classical magick one of the tenets is that you are shackled by the astrological forces, usually the run your life and all sorts of bad shit will happen if you do not abide by the karma thats set ou for you.

    However as a magician yuor job is to rise above the zodiacal influences and make sure tat you act as a free being.

    This means that when teherb are astrological tides that you wish to use then you exploit them. if you need to do work that in the current astrological weather is bad, for example trying to build a relationship when the moon is waning then you make sure to distance yourself from the astrological tides.

    In renessaince astrology for example They would surround themselves with flowers and colors ruled by Jupiter sun, mercury venus and the moon to isolate and keep away the depressing aspects of saturnus and the destructive forces of mars.

    You can therefore do a ritual that places you in a vacuum for work, for example the LBRH and LBRH if you are familliar with the underlying principles.

    Alternatively a circle of self blessed salt and cleaning the floor in the circle with water/florida water and stating that within that circle no foreces may enter etc, then you create your talisman.

    Alternatively you rise above the astrology as you are not a sheep you are a shepherd and just dow whatever magick you want whenever you want.

    Hoodoo cares about the clock arms or whether the sun is rising or setting for magick, vudoun doesn't givea toss about astrological influences either and neither does qabalistic or Gnostic magick. You are cheating the rules of the world, so only play along with them when needed.

    Besides even if you choose to focus on the astrological aspects so much that youcannot disregard them, the archangels of the hours will be more powerful and able to help the the planetary governors

  4. @Argent: I agree with everything you're saying, but I think I wasn't clear about where my frustration was coming from.

    I had a period of several days to preform my ritual, and 3 or 4 ways of going about it planned out. I was simply trying to get an extra "boost" from the astrological tides. My frustration was coming from repeatedly getting excited over "perfect" timings, only to find something majorly wrong with them. Eventually I decided that working under Saturn and the (99.9%) Full Moon was good enough.

    Normally I wouldn't shut down my plans because of one astrological event or another. But I have exactly one shot at this conversation, and if waiting a few hours for a more opportune moment will help, fuck it all, I'm waiting.

    In any event, I had to reschedule for mundane reasons. I'll post about results if/when they come.

  5. PR: Join the Spiritus Mundi yahoo group, and look up "void of Course" some time in their archives. It's not nearly as big of a deal as modern astrologers would have you think, according to Warnock. Wait, you suggested the Planetary Magic Program, right? So you're a member?

    Anyway, don't sweat it too much.

    At the same time, Argent is making some blind swipes with a really broad brush. The point of traditional astrology was to learn what the forces are to harmonize with it. Saying you can "rise above" it reveals a truly ignorant understanding of manifestation entirely. It's a pretty appealing thought to the "I don't WANNA be bound by Fate" crowd, but it doesn't hold water when you look at it. You can never rise above astrology, but you can be the driving force of fate itself. You just work with your resources.

  6. @R.O.: I'll have to poke around in that group. I've had the chance to play around with the PMP in the past, but have only recently become interested enough in astrology again to consider buying it. I figure it'll end up being more useful than the quite illegally-pirated version of Solar Fire I mostly failed at using a few years ago.

    As I told Argent, the VoC Moon wasn't so much an issue of "HUGE freaking deal there's NO way I can do ANYTHING now" as it was "Hey, if I wait a few extra hours things might go a bit better for me".